Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Have a special event you’d like to celebrate with friends or loved ones? Well, why not go on a wine tour in Paso Robles?!?!
I’ve been on several wine tours over the years and I wanted to do something special for my 10th anniversary… so I contacted Uncorked Wine Tours to set up a fun wine tour for my husband and 2 of our good friends. When I think of wine tours, I think of being chauffeured around to different wineries (so we have a designated driver). I wanted to enjoy the wines and not have to worry about driving around. Uncorked Wine Tours was the perfect choice to tour some new wineries in Paso Robles.
When I booked my tour, I spoke with Katie about what type of tour we desired. You can completely customize your own wine tasting experience or let them guide you. My friend, Kristen, had a few suggestions…so we had a general idea of what we wanted to see. Our original list included
Tooth and Nail
After speaking with Katie, we decided that Barr was too far away and Windward only served Pinots…so we decided to skip those two wineries and put Adelaida, Niner, and Tooth and Nail on our “must see” list. I reserved the date for a 5 hour tour (but they were very flexible about extending it if needed).
When you customize your own tour, you get to pick everything from the time you are picked up, to your winery and lunch options, and anything else your perfect wine tour would involve. We decided to skip the boxed lunch and just bring snacks (Uncorked Wine Tours had bottle water available for us to keep us hydrated).
Uncorked Wine Tours can include vineyard tours, wine and cheese pairings, cookie and wine pairings, cave tours, and anything else educational or related to wine and the wine making process. They will handle all of the details and make it an unforgettable wine tasting experience.
Tasting fees are not included in our rate, each winery has a different policy regarding tasting fees and they are happy to go over if the wineries will waive fees or not.
On the day of our tour, we met our driver, Shelly, outside of our hotel. She picked us up in a Yukon Denali. This was a comfy car to transport the 4 of us to the different wineries.
We started our tour driving out to the furthest winery… Adelaida. Adelaida’s family owned vineyards lie in the craggy mountainous terrain of Paso Robles’ Adelaida District. They have a diverse planting of 24 varieties with an emphasis in Rhônes, old vine pinot noir, dry farmed zinfandel, and mountain style cabernet sauvignon. They just recently opened up their new tasting room…and it was magnificent!
We absolutely loved this winery! The view was spectacular…and wine was delicious…we can’t wait to visit again. Next time we want to bring a picnic lunch and buy a bottle of wine. They had a lovely balcony that you could sit and enjoy the views.
The wine tasting fee will be waived when you buy 2 bottles of wine. It was nice that they waived both my husband and my fee when we purchased 3 bottles.
When we finished our tasting, Shelly took us off to our next winery. She suggested a winery that wasn’t on our list calledHalter Ranch. Historic Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida District. They craft 100% estate-grown wines, which are sustainably farmed on westside limestone soils.
The view was amazing, but the wines were just not what we wanted (and we just didn’t feel very welcomed, maybe because it was so busy???)…so we left to go to our next winery.
This winery has a tasting fee of $10…and it would have been waived if we purchased wine (but we didn’t).
Shelly took us to another winery close by called Breckon. Breckon was a quaint little winery…and we felt right at home there. We sat at a picnic table outside and enjoyed our wine tasting. This winery is dog friendly! I don’t think I would ever bring Captain Shadow (though he has been at a winery before, he is just so big).
Brecon Estate is a Boutique Estate winery nestled in the rolling westside hills outside of Paso Robles, California. Their wines are small batch ferments and each has an individual story to tell, sold exclusively through their tasting room.
We paid the wine tasting fee of $10 per person and sad to say, they only waived one tasting fee after we purchased 2 bottles of wine. Honestly, I feel that if a couple purchases wine they should waive the fees…but that’s me.
This would be a wonderful place for a picnic! The staff was kind and took great care of us.
Our next stop was Tooth and Nail… but when we got there, the main tasting room was closed for a wedding. We sat down for a brief moment, then left to explore a smaller winery called Paso Port. They only charged $5 tasting fee (which they waived with purchase…however, Chas decided to buy a candle instead of wine).
PasoPort is a ten year old family winery with production of about 1500 cases focusing on port-style wines. Their bottles are branded with original artwork in the style of the 1940’s and 50’s.
This was a super small wine tasting room…but super fun! My husband, Chas, and Brandon enjoyed sneaking into the back room to taste a special pour of Grappa (which was too much for Kristen and myself). It was like 80% alcohol! CRAZY stuff! It was just NASTY! We all love our wine, but that was pure alcohol!
We did add an hour to our tour…so for a 6-hour tour we got to visit 4 wonderful wineries.
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